Wednesday, December 26, 2012
We have never Skyped before with him or anyone else for that matter. But one of my Christmas wishes was to Skype with Tom for Christmas. Three of his classmates were also staying in Pensacola for the holidays. One of them with a wife and children invited him and the other two to Christmas dinner last night which was really nice for him. So we arranged to Skype at a time when we could do it with Grandma on Christmas Eve. Chris got a kick out of Grandma discovering the wonders of video chat and was really happy to "see" Tom as were the rest of us. We got to get a little bit of a tour of his room via his new iPad that he bought for himself for Christmas. It was fun to see what his living space looks like.
I had a wish to go to Christmas Eve Candlelight Service this year. It has been a really long time since I have been to church on Christmas Eve. It was always a big part of my family's Christmas celebration. It has never been a priority for Bill or Beverly so we just have never gotten around to going. Chris went by himself last year and he was going to go to the 11:00 candlelight service at his church so I decided to stay up past my bedtime and join him. It was a beautiful service.
Another Christmas wish was to get my computer moved out of Chris' bedroom so that I can give him more privacy. We cleared out a spot in the living room for one of the desks Bill had at his office. Chris and Bill set it up for me on Saturday. Thrilled to have my new space.
As it turns out, we did have a few gifts to open. Bill and I found some Taylor Swift items at a silent auction a few weeks ago. Bill really wanted to play a trick on Christopher by seeing what his reaction would be to opening it as his Christmas gift. Chris really HATES Taylor Swift. I couldn't give him a gag gift and not follow it up with something that he really might like to have so I got him some jeans and socks that he needed, a DVD and a gift certificate to our favorite bagel place. Bill got his wish by getting exactly the reaction he was hoping for when Chris saw that he got a Taylor Swift gift. Maddy sent me a vase she bought in Macau. So we had a little bit of gift opening anyway even though I originally didn't think we would.
Our Christmas ended with a wonderful prime rib dinner.